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Place Bell ice arena opens for business

Place Bell, which is destined to become one of Quebec’s most in-demand sports and entertainment destinations, is now officially open in Laval.

The new home of the Laval Rocket – an American Hockey League (AHL) team affiliated with the Montreal CanadiensPlace Bell features a 10,000-seat arena with NHL-compliant ice rink that can easily transform into a performance amphitheatre.

It also boasts a 2,500-seat Olympic speed and figure-skating arena, and a regular, 500-seat skating rink, both of which are accessible to the public and sports organisations.

Designed by leading architects Lemay and CannonDesign as part of a design-build project driven by Quebec construction leader Pomerleau, the new community resource benefited from an integrated design approach and the extensive use of technologies like BIM (Building Information Modeling) and VDC (Visual Design and Construction).

Place Bell is a multifunctional venue that elevates stadium design and will be one of Quebec’s most in-demand sports and entertainment destinations, for numerous reasons that include the following:

Design Excellence – Place Bell represents the height of contemporary design strategies, merging architectural form, technology, urban design and landscape architecture to create a community-changing project. Lemay and CannonDesign brought their best talent to the table and worked together closely, using the latest technologies and expertise to make the project a resounding success.

Remarkable Flexibility – Beyond offering a number of rinks for skating and hockey, Place Bell can transform its 10,000-seat hockey arena into an elite performance and concert venue. The building and its infrastructure design allow a quick turnaround from one event to another, to host nearly any type of performance. Beyond hockey and concerts, Place Bell is designed to accommodate the theatrical and technical needs of complex shows such as those of Cirque Du Soleil.

Community Focus – Place Bell is a true community resource designed and built for long-term use and multiple vocations, including as a public skating rink; an exciting new entertainment venue for local residents; Olympic- and NHL-standard event infrastructure available for rent; retail space; and the Laval Sports Hall of Fame.

The stadium is located close to Laval’s Montmorency metro station to promote public transit access.

An Immersive Experience – With sports and concerts available online and TV at a moment’s notice, stadiums must now deliver unrivaled spectator experiences. Place Bell does exactly that with exceptional views for all guests and a world-class audio-visual offering that delivers a level of lighting and sound quality never seen before in Quebec.

Thanks to an integrated design approach and the extensive use of technologies like BIM and VDC, the project team delivered a highly sophisticated program in a very short timeframe, taking the use of those technologies and others to new levels.